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# SQLServer and ASP.net (using identity)

Posted on 2004-10-04
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I need to set the identity so that it shows 5 digits 00001. I'm not sure what the best method is.

Should I leave the identity seed at 1 and only show the zeros on the .net page.

or

Is there a way to get SQL Server to seed showing the zeros??

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Question by:kanden
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I recomment to fill the spaces that you need with strVariable.padLeft(5,"0"), in that way you still have the clarity of your dataBase design... well, thats my opinion.
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That will work but what do I do when the identity gets to 2 digits that whould produce 000012 that whould make the number 6 digits instead of five. Is there a way to script this?

Gary
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eozz_2000 earned 400 total points
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you can make something like this:

strVariable = strVariable.padLeft(strVariable.length + 4, "0")
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That works except it puts 4 zeros regardless of how many digits the identity is.

I need a max of 5 digits zeros plus the identity. example 00125 or 00001 or 12345

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Gary
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ihenry earned 600 total points
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try this,

int myInt1 = 11;
int myInt2 = 12345;

string s1 = myInt1.ToString("00000");      // returns 00011
string s2 = myInt1.ToString("00000");      // returns 12345
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In VB.NET

Dim myInt1 As Integer = 11
Dim myInt2 As Integer = 12345

Dim s1 As String = myInt1.ToString("00000")     // returns 00011
Dim s2 As String = myInt2.ToString("00000")     // returns 12345
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jeje... that thing you didn't say with your comment:

"That will work but what do I do when the identity gets to 2 digits that whould produce 000012 that whould make the number 6 digits instead of five. Is there a way to script this?"

you asked for a 6 digits, well, anyway the problem is solved.
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